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Karters in Victoria are spoilt for choice when it comes to running a series of races. The Golden Power Series has been immensely popular the past few years and the newly renamed Victorian Karting Series (VKS) will surely attract numbers with a pile of karts on offer as prizes.
But both of these series, with a two-day format, require significant time commitment. And that's where the Victorian Country Series is a little different.
Significantly, a big feature of this year’s series is the return to a one-day racing format. Series' promotions officer Lisa Sanders advised KartSportNews that tracks will be closed on the Friday but open for (optional) practice on the Saturday. Racing will be on Sunday only and the meetings will be heavily geared toward family enjoyment, participation and fairness.
The 2013 series remains as a 6-round schedule, commencing in Ballarat on February 10 (see image below).
On-track consistency will be key with all points counting to the overall result in each class, and trophies and prizes will be awarded down to 5th place in all classes at the end of the series.
"A big plus for karters this year is the emphasis being placed on consistency throughout the series by stewards and starters. The series has put together a group of officials that will be at each round of the series and will be on the look out for those who choose not to race within the rules of the event. (It's) aimed to encourage a greater emphasis on an enjoyable family weekend."
Competitors are encouraged to enter online via the CMS system by the Wednesday before each round.
"When you enter by this time, you will automatically go into a draw to win a new set of tyres – two sets at each round will be given away; one draw for junior racers and another set for the adults.
"Entries will still be taken at the track until 8am on the Sunday mornings. Please check the Supp Regs (when they become available) for details.
Due to the promotion of family involvement, not only will entry into a second class by the same driver attract a discounted entry fee, but entering two or more drivers from the same immediate family will also be eligible for the benefits of a discount in entry fee.
Another drawcard for all karters who compete in all six rounds are some fantastic prizes awarded at the final round at the Wimmera event. This includes one free race entry to the 2014 Victorian Country Series.
Race classes will be decided by the number of pre-race entries that are received by Wednesday the 6th of February on the CMS system. Classes that do not attract at least 6 entries by this date will not run and karters will be notified if their class does not go ahead.
"Get in or miss out, as the one-day format does not allow for a huge number of racing classes."
Orders for series T-shirts and Polo tops will be taken at the Ballarat event and will be handed out at the second round in Warrnambool.
"Wear a T-shirt and be seen promoting the sport. Sales will continue at each race event."
Promotion this year will be through the VKA website ‘Country Series' link, updates via KartSportNews.com, and ‘liking’ the series facebook page.